Here is a treat for fellow Stephen King fans – the author shared a chapter from his upcoming sequel to The Shining at an awards ceremony in the US last week.
King first mentioned that he’d begun working on the book back in 2009, when he said that he would age the clairvoyant Danny Torrance – certain to have been left “with a lifetime’s worth of emotional scars” – to 40 and place him in a New York hospice, where his psychic abilities would help ease the transition for his dying patients.
Exciting, I thought at the time – The Shining is one of the best of King’s horror novels. But I reined in my enthusiasm as he’d also said he wasn’t “completely committed” to writing it.
But it looks like project Danny – now called Dr Sleep – is very much on, after he read a chapter from it to an audience at George Mason University last Friday, and revealed that it would see Danny dealing with “a gang of wandering psychic vampires who feed on people’s energy” .
Have a listen: it’s not the best quality video, but I love the sound of King’s creepy “RV people” and he’s a great reader. “They don’t like dogs and dogs don’t like them. You might say dogs see through them – to the sharp and watchful eyes behind the cut-rate sunglasses, to the strong and long muscled hunters’ legs beneath the polyester slacks from Wal-Mart, to the sharp teeth beneath the dentures waiting to come out. They don’t like dogs, but they like sick children. Yes, they like sick children very much,” he reads.
I’m looking forward to 11.22.63, but I can’t wait for Dr Sleep.